On Tuesday, November 14th four members of the New York Jets traveled to New Brunswick, New Jersey, to visit patients at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
Wide receiver Brad Smith, defensive lineman Titus Adams, linebacker Anthony Schlegel and Team Chaplain, former Jet, Dave Szott made the trek over two bridges on their day off from the Long Island training facility to New Jersey to help brighten the day of those in need.
"It was great for me, personally to see the kids who are having a tough time and to come out and encourage them all with a couple of words, signing some autographs or handing out ice cream," said Smith. "It is good to be able to help somebody else."
The ice cream Smith was referring to was the New York Jets Sundae Blitz which was provided by Turkey Hill as part of an ice cream social held for the patients and families during the visit.
Titus Adams added, "I think it is important to get out in the community and help as much as you can, especially being a New York Jets football player. I might be able to bring a smile to a person's face and it brings a smile to my face when I see others happy. It might not mean that much to me, but it is a lot to them and I am more than happy to help out."
I think it is important to go and visit the children because of all of the things that they are going through," explained Schlegel. "Maybe we can change up the pace of the day and put some smiles on their faces. It is not only them that go through this ordeal, but their families. If you can just go there and give them a couple of moments to just smile and take their minds off of what is going on."
Throughout the year the Jets make four visits to the Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.